21st Faith

21stfaith

We are a collaborative research project, investigating and questioning faith as a human feeling. 

This publication presents 32 creative projects created for an exhibition in October 2017 at The Workshop, Lambeth. 

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Feiern,

by Nico Limo.

“In this piece I seek out to explore the inter-sectional symbolism between religion

and club culture, two topics who at first sight seem to reject each other. Despite their

differences there are undeniable similarities between the two. The ritual of 3 is constantly

reoccurring, the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit, communion smoke the blood of Christ,

a fag a tipple and a bit of medicine.

I was inspired by going out in Berlin and how people quickly treat it like a spiritual

experience. I’ve always told people going out in London is more intense than Berlin

and I’m constantly greeted by responses telling me surely that can’t be right. As clubs

close early in London people have a shorter time to go out, they chug 5 beers in an hour

and its a competition to see who can get the most fucked up. In Berlin however, clubs

and bars almost never close. People are more about stamina and seeing who can last the

longest. When you’re spending this much time in a space, doing a huge amount of drugs,

it definately brings you to a different mind frame both physically and spiritually.

Many people become sober or straight edge because of this.“

21st Faith: Tell us about you and your

practice.

Nico: I am a Graphic Designer according

to a couple of pieces of paper the

university has given me but see myself as

an obsessive constant maker. I grew up

wanting to be an “Artist” but thought job

wise Graphic Design would give me more

opportunity. So far it kinda seems like I’ve

been getting way more recognition as an

image maker (I dislike the term artist) than

a Graphic Designer. I also design clothing!

What drew you to take part in 21st Faith?

How is faith important to you and your

practice?

Rebecca’s a friend of a couple of people

I know. They insisted I contact her and I was

already a huge fan of her project before.

I’ve grown up in Methodist schools all from

the age of 3 - 16, the traditional Christian

faith left an odd impression on me because

my family was never Christian to begin

with! They’re Buddhists and growing up

I felt like an outsider. 21st Faith appealed

to me because they explored faith in a way

modern contemporary way which I could

relate/understand. Faith is important to

me and my practice because as an early

graduate I am usually doing a lot of work

for little or no money and because of this

it is important to actually believe in

your work and yourself.

What role do you think faith will play in

the 21st century?

I hope people will recognise organised

religion is extremely toxic especially since

any kind of faith is looking at provoking

thought. Organised religion really doesn’t

promote that. I think we can all agree

the world is almost coming to an end

and hopefully people will return to pure

types of faith. Faith not looking to praise

an entity / have idols / gods but rather faith

in the human spirit.

Nico: nicolimo.com, excitementdesigner@gmail.com, @nico.limo 103